Climber Jesse Bernier on Wall Street’s route Static Cling 5.11a with the Colorado river below, in Moab, Utah. Photo by Travis Burke.
Moab, Utah, is a mecca for climbers, and there probably isn’t a better place to scale sheer rocks than Wall Street, which is a 500-foot sandstone wall along Potash Road. The area is popular because it’s so easy to access–there are literally more than 100 established routes right off the road. Climbers simply park their cars and go. Once they’re finished with one route, they can get in their car, drive 20 feet, and then start another. There’s also a lot of variety on the wall, such as crack climbing and overhang climbing. But the best part about Potash Road is the Colorado River that runs alongside it, offering climbers an expansive view once they’ve conquered the sandstone. Check out my gallery of Wall Street below.
Potash Road is worth the drive even if you’re not a climber. Photo by Travis Burke.
Bernier contemplating his next move on the difficult crack route Skeletonic 5.11+. His friend Kevin Ditmore is belaying below. Some say this route is one of the best sport routes on Wall Street. Photo by Travis Burke.
I climbed up one of the routes to try to get a better angle from which to shoot Bernier and Ditmore. Once I got to my anchor point and tied myself in, I had to throw the ropes back down to the climbers, and it was a little unsettling to be stuck up there until someone else climbed up. Ditmore, right, climbs the crack on The Good The Bad and The Potash 5.11b. Photo by Travis Burke.
Bernier climbing a difficult route with tiny hand and foot holds. Photo by Travis Burke.
Some of the beautiful scenery you get along Potash road. Photo by Travis Burke.